Thursday, June 11, 2015

AG's office asked to review ethics-related felonies

Posted By on Thu, Jun 11, 2015 at 3:20 PM

DA Dan  May is punting the investigation of possible felonies stemming from an ethics probe to the Attorney General's Office. - FILE PHOTO
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  • DA Dan May is punting the investigation of possible felonies stemming from an ethics probe to the Attorney General's Office.
When the city's Independent Ethics Commission referred its recommendation to City Council about Helen Collins' alleged ethics breaches, it noted crimes might be involved.

Read background on the case here.

Under "Conclusions of Law" in its findings, the commission noted: "The transfer of property to Collins was an attempt to circumvent this [Bruce's] legal debt. This appears to violate Colorado Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act .... By agreeing to act as a pass-through owner, Collins violated the law."

Now, we hear from District Attorney Dan May's office that he's referred the matter to the Colorado Attorney General's Office for review. "If there are criminal charges, they would be the ones to prosecute," says DA spokeswoman Lee Richards, who didn't elaborate.

Bruce already is cross-wise with the Denver DA's Office over a possible probation violation in not reporting the land transaction at issue in Collins' ethics matter, as required by his probation granted in 2011 in a tax-evasion case. He has a hearing on that issue on July.

We emailed the AG's Office about the referral but haven't heard back.

The IEC's findings, including the part quoted above, are here:

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